Long Beach man charged with making false bomb threat at Cerritos College

Prosecutors have charged a Long Beach man with making a false bomb threat and resisting arrest for allegedly running into a classroom at Cerritos College and claiming to have a bomb.

Mohammad Sameem Yaqubi, 23, was set to be arraigned on the charges today but was a no-show in court, according to a clerk. He’s being held in jail on $25,000 bail, according to sheriff’s department records. He is charged with two felonies: malicious informing of a false bomb and resisting arrest, as well as a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. He faces four years in county jail if convicted as charged.

The bomb scare sparked a two-hour lockdown at the Norwalk campus on Tuesday morning.

“At 11:53 in the morning a suspect walked into one of our classrooms, said he was a terrorist and had a bomb with him,” said college president Jose Fierro in a Facebook live video broadcast by the campus.

A student called 911 and the police shut down the area while they searched for Yaqubi and checked to make sure there was no explosive, authorities said.

Yaqubi is not a student, they said. He was quickly arrested.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.